25 Feb Thu, 1st Week of Lent

2/24/2021 2:26:28 PM
Est. 4:17n,17p-17r,17aa-17bb,17gg-17hh / Ps. 137:1-3,7-8 / Mt. 7:7-12 (Ps Wk I)

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Today's readings and psalm touch on an essential aspect of a believer's life in God, prayer. They offer us important points on how we must pray.

In the first reading, Esther cries out to the Lord in the hour of need for her people. She prays for courage and strength for the enormous and dangerous task ahead - to enter into the presence of the king even though he has not invited her.

For anyone to walk into the court of the king with no invitation faces the death penalty.

She prays with intense desperation and with total dependence on God. She feels all alone, but then, she alone can save her people. In her prayer, she recalls the faithfulness of God in answering the prayers of His people during former times of distress.

The psalmist too cries out to God in prayer, trusting that God "will do all things for me" just as He has done for His people in the past. His confidence in God's faithfulness leads him to bless and adore God.

In the gospel passage, Jesus teaches his followers to approach God in prayer with boldness and confidence. The process of the prayer of petition is underlined - ask, seek and knock - and the effectiveness of prayer is assumed. The example of how the human father cares for his children and gives them good gifts when they ask him is used to illustrate the way the heavenly Father answers prayers. Total dependence, and a sense of boldness and confidence in God, are important elements in prayer.

Lord, help me pray with confidence. 
       


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2月25日( 四 )   四旬期第一週


艾斯德爾傳 四補丙:10-12,17-19
聖詠 138[137]:1-2,2-3,7-8
瑪竇福音 7:7-12

0225.gif「凡是求的,就必得到;找的,就必找到;敲的,就必給他開。」一幅漫畫,一人單膝跪地捧著鮮花,向某人告白,但被拒絕了;他身後的耶穌,伸著雙手,等待著告白。有時,或經常,人視天主為工具、機器、投幣機,投幣取物,僅此而已。我是主宰,祂只是工具或僕役,想起時才用一用。「凡你們願意人給你們做的,你們也要照樣給人做」。

祈禱是彼此的關係。人習慣性向天主索取,反而忽略了天主原是主動的。祂會主動敲我們的心門,但我們不願意打開我們的心,因為怕祂進去後,我們便不能掌控主宰一切了;或者因為裏面早已被其他東西所佔滿。天主在澆水,如果種子不願意打開自己,接受土壤和水分的滋養,它永遠只是一粒種子,不會成長,更不會結出果實。在祈求中,被得到;尋找中,被找到;敲門中,被打開。

天主,求祢給我再造一顆純潔的心,使我自由開放,重獲祢救恩的喜樂。祢是天主,永生永王。


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(theology.org.hk)

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